As part of a series of blogs to promote Eroticon speakers, today we’re chatting to Cressida Downing. Cressida, AKA The Book Analyst, has worked in publishing and bookselling for over 20 years. As a freelance editorial consultant, she works for literary agents, publishers and directly for authors. Following a lovely reading retreat experience, she is now offering these for others, www.readingretreat.co.uk. She regularly attends conferences and runs workshop for aspiring authors, and this year at Eroticon she’ll be helping bloggers identify whether there could be a book in their blog!
She would buy books rather than clothes or food, and lives in East Anglia with two children, two cats, one husband and a baby gecko.
What inspired you to start working in your field?
I love books and writing and reading. I think it’s partly an area that interests me and partly an area that consumes me.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring sex writers, what would it be?
Your writing style is as important as your content. think about your words as that’s how you’re reaching out to your audience. And use apostrophes correctly or I will hunt you down…
The way we talk about sex and relationships has changed a lot over the last decade – what changes do you hope to see in the next 10 years?
I’d like female pleasure to be highlighted – especially for teenagers, and I’d like diversity to be celebrated.
Cressida Downing’s Eroticon talk: Is there a book in your blog?
Do you feel there’s a book in your blog but you don’t know where to start? This is an interactive session looking at participants’ blogs and suggesting next steps for your writing.
Bring details of your blog (title, overall summary, a couple of best-performing blog posts) and any other information you think may be useful.